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I grew up on the Delaware River, almost literally (on River Road), and often went swimming, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, snorkeling, sun bathing, you name it. However, I am far from a river expert; so when I had the opportunity to do a river trip with the National Park Service (NPS) I knew I would be learning a lot.

First of all, let me just go on the record and declare that if you share a secret with me, I’m really good at keeping it. Conversely, if I’m told something without a confidentiality clause...

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Somehow it seems strange to me that it was a movie that triggered the amazing growth of fly fishing interest. The movie was, of course, “A River Runs Through It.” Norman Maclean’s novel, on which...

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A month or so ago, I transported a female downy woodpecker to the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center (PWRC) in Stroudsburg, PA after my neighbor found it in her driveway,...

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A track fire that disrupted the Metro-North commute in East Harlem recently left thousands stranded in Grand Central Terminal for their commute home and over the next few days added to their daily...

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Let’s face it, I talk a lot. How fortunate for me then, that I found a way to do so and get paid for it, right, wrong or indifferent. Sadly, in this day of texting and instant gratification, the...

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During the year, I have been seeing a lot of turkey activity in area forests and fields as they scratch up the leaf litter, forage for food, or walk in the snow, leaving footprints with the toes...

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‘Coffee House’ at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — The first “Coffee House” of 2013 will be held at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. on Saturday, February 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy coffee and treats available for purchase while listening to the evening’s three performers: Roger Hill and his Loose Ends Blue’s Band, followed by guitarist and vocalist Linus Myers. The nights will wrap up with Black Onion, featuring Steve Faubel on keyboard, Peter Sevcik on guitar and Jason Freethy on drums. Donations gratefully accepted.

For more information, visit www.thecooperageproject.org or call 570/253-2020.

‘Changing the Way We Eat’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — Residents of the Upper Delaware region interested in the sustainable food movement are invited to a free, day-long party on Saturday, February 16 where a live webcast conference, “Changing the Way We Eat,” will be shown. This local viewing party will be held at the Catskill Art Society on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Potluck lunch contributions are welcome.  Read more

Arts alliance hosts winter film series

HONESDALE, PA — The Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) kicks off its winter film series, “Enigmatic Endings,” on Sunday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in the community room at the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce, 32 Commercial St.

The first in the series is the Chinese film, “Postman in the Mountains.” Based on a short story by author Peng Jianming, and directed by Huo Jianqi, the film is a story about a father and son and their faithful dog delivering the mail on a 112-mile route to remote mountain villages in southeastern China’s Hunan province.  Read more

Auditions deadline for courtroom drama

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop will hold auditions for “12 Angry Jurors” on Saturday, February 16 at 11 a.m. at the Sullivan County Museum in. Twelve jurors—men or women, ages 20 through 80—are needed as well as one courtroom clerk. A stage manager is also needed.

Rehearsals begin in August for production dates September 20 to 22 and September 27 to29 at the Rivoli Theatre in South Fallsburg.

“12 Angry Jurors” is the story of 12 strangers who must decide the fate of an inner-city teen on trial for the murder of his abusive father.  Read more

Nemo

The Weather Channel dubbed it “Nemo” and said that New York City was expecting between three and 30 inches in the fast approaching snowstorm. Seems like a pretty wide swing, I thought, but what do I know about the weather?

I groaned at the “Finding Nemo” jokes that seemed to be made on repeat in the days leading up to the storm. “I found Nemo,” “I am not looking for Nemo,” and dozens of meme’s showing the Disney character barreling toward the coast.  Read more

Love is a four-letter word

Valentine’s Day is not for the faint of heart. For those of us bravely facing the world alone, the onslaught of romance, hearts and flowers can be a bit much at this time of year, and since my cup doesn’t exactly “runneth” over today, I’ve decided to accentuate the positive. Being single does have certain advantages. I don’t love washing the dishes, and with no one around, I can eat my dinner right out of the frying pan and drink my milk straight from the carton without the slightest twinge of remorse. Jealous?  Read more

They call him Mr. Love

REGION — If love really does make the world go ‘round, then surely Liberty, NY resident Tim Shera is doing his part. Two years ago, Shera was visiting with a friend who makes homey, hand-crafted wooden signs for friends and customers to decorate their gates and front doors. During that visit, Shera’s pal held up one such sign, gave Tim a wink and declared “You have to have this,” brandishing a small piece of old barn wood painted with three simple words: “I love you.”  Read more

Come out, come out

After literally decades of struggle and suffering, folks in the LGBT (etc.) community can finally point to some strong, concrete gains in their quest for social recognition, acceptance and respect. The notion of marriage equality is gaining support across the nation, the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy is now just a vague memory, and even the Boy Scouts of America have begun reconsidering their homophobic stance. More than at any time in recent history, they can feel the freedom to be exactly who they are, and no longer worry about concealing themselves behind an artificial facade.  Read more

February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. As of the 12th of February, I have been with my husband for 31 years, only married 23 in September. Love to my husband, mother and all my family, friends and readers.

I write this column with a bad cold and a very congested head. We were lucky that we did not get that much snow with the Nor’easter. My cousin who lives in Port Jeff on Long Island got 32 inches, my sister in Queens got over a foot. My mother is doing great and says she is praying for all of you.  Read more

Valedictory

When I was asked to write this column in the summer of 2007, my first reaction was, “Why me?” I felt woefully unqualified. On the other hand, I saw writing as a way to do something, however modest, to influence change that might help preserve the natural world which was increasingly at risk.  Read more

Winter gardens

The month of January saw mostly cold temperatures through to the last few days of the month, when unseasonably mild weather arrived. During the cold weeks, snow covered the ground and it got cold enough to freeze over lakes and much of the Delaware River. Much time was spent checking out bobcat and coyote tracks in the snow, or observing frozen waterfalls and seeps from rock outcrops. Not much thought was given to plant life, but that changed during one hike when I visited a few of these places where water flows.  Read more

Soul food

Living on a restricted diet is annoying. One would think that I’d be accustomed to it by now, since it’s been almost two decades of reading labels, asking the right questions and following rules, but still, I have my moments. Seeking a simpler, less stressful way of life, I moved to the Catskills. I’m unsure what effect I thought this change would have on my intestinal tract, but my gut instinct directed me toward the Upper Delaware Valley, and lo and behold, my health has improved.  Read more

Poets’ reading set in Honesdale

HONESDALE, PA — Mary Greene, Kathy Grimaldi and Tracey Ranze will hold a poetry reading and discussion of their poems. This free event, “The Power of Our Voices: Poets at the Sanctuary,” will be held on Sunday, February 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at The Sanctuary of Oils, 61 Commercial Street in the Holmes Building.

The poets seek to engage and inspire through reading their works. Books will be available for purchase.
RSVP to mayasblends@gmail.com or call 570/468-7350.

Music in the Park 2013 fundraiser set

MILFORD, PA — Music in the Park, a free summer concert series held at the Ann Street Park, will kick off the 2013 season with a fundraising event on Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Water Wheel Café, 150 Water Street. A cover charge donation of $10 is requested.  Read more

New Kings rule at Valentine’s Dance

BETHEL, NY — Local favorites Peter Florance and the New Kings will provide the music for a Valentine’s Dance Party at the Catskill Distilling Company on Route 17B in Bethel on Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. A special menu by chef Jay Weinstein will be available. Visit www.dancingcatsaloon.com.

Crystal Cabin Fever presents Dinosaurs in Ice

LAKEVILLE, PA — Sculpted Ice Works will host Crystal Cabin Fever from February 10 to 26, weekdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The theme this year is dinosaurs—over 20 ice dinosaurs of all sizes from all prehistoric periods will be carved out of ice. On Saturday, February 9 and 23, there will be live ice carving competitions from 12 to 4 p.m. On Sunday, February 10 and 24, catch live ice carving competitions from 12 to 3 p.m.  Read more

Family Fun Day at Holiday Mountain

MONTICELLO, NY — Holiday Mountain Ski & Fun Park will host Family Fun Day on Saturday, February 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Thunder 102, which will broadcast live, and the Young Professional Taskforce (YEL) of the Chamber of Commerce. Chamber members, employees and their families will enjoy a day of skiing and tubing. Lift tickets cost $35 for a family of five; skis and snowboards are available for rent. There will be special deals for group lessons and tubing.  Read more

Artists’ retrospective at gallery in Milford

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery is featuring a retrospective during the month of February titled “Reflections: Light, Motion, Time & Transition,” a collection of its members’ works executed over the course of their careers. A reception for the artists will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. during Art After Dark, a town-wide celebration of the arts. The event will be held at the historic Forest Hall building, 210 Broad St. The exhibition will run through March 3.

Love Letters of the Upper Delaware

NARROWSBURG, NY — A special event, “Love Letters of The Upper Delaware,” created by the Tusten Historical Society and Western Sullivan Public Library, will be held at the Tusten-Cochecton library on Friday, February 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.  Read more

Broadway actor stars in historical society event

MILFORD, PA — Broadway actor and costumer Billy Hipkins will star in “For the Benefit of Miss Jennie Gourlay,” an original one-man production that takes a look at the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, on Saturday, February 9 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m. in the Foundation Room of the Columns Museum. He focuses on the life of Jeannie Gourlay, an actress in the play “Our American Cousin,” which was being performed at Ford’s Theater the night of President Lincoln’s assassination. Gourlay lived in Milford from 1888 until her death in 1926.  Read more